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copies of the koran on the anniversary of september 11 says his plan is now on hold. terry jones originally announced he was cancelling the event, but now says it is conditional on holding talks with the imam in charge of a planned islamic cultural center near ground zero. mr. jones said he had agreed to move the center in return for his cancelling the koran- burning. the imam denies it. mr. jones now says he was lied to. >> the day began with the white house up against a church in florida. the conversation is so small, it can fit on a single bus. pastor terry jones runs what is essentially a fringe movement. his plans to burn the koran earned him a personal warning this morning from the president. >> if he is listening, i hope he understands that what he is proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as americans, that this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance. >> demonstrations were held in pakistan and afghanistan. protesters even burned an american flag to show how much they oppose koran-burning. just after 1:00 p.m. in w
the minister down there, terry jones. i've interviewed his colleague. never in all the conversations did they link their burning the koran on national television to honor 9/11 with anything to do with the mosque a couple blocks away from 9/11, from the world trade center at ground zero. no discussion as to that would be a negotiating point. i asked the minister, terry jones, is there anyone who could ask you not to do this. he said, no, he's going to go ahead. all the sudden we've come up with a linkage here. maybe courtesy of the right-wing politicians in the count who have done a delightful job of linking the two things neatly for the handy work of terry jones who can now say i'm stopping the burning of the books because i have a commitment now from the imam in new york, whether it's true or not, to stop the construction of the mosque. your thoughts, lawrence and then saec savanna. >> that's an attempt to turn it into a blackmail exchange. take an ugly story and make it uglier. who knows what this guy is really going to do. it has the feeling of watching somebody on top of a building,
by the faithful to be the word of god revealed through his prophet. and pastor terry jones says he will burn it on september 11th. >> we feel that their radical message is necessary. we also want to send a message to the moderate muslim to stay peaceful and moderate. we expect the muslims that are here in america to respect, honor, obey, submit to our constitution. >> reporter: and with that, pastor jones has led his little flock to the brink of a global confrontation and he's drawn harsh criticism from secretary of state hillary clinton tonight. >> i am heartened by the clear condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act. >> reporter: to religious leaders, from the vatican, to southern baptists, to his fellow preachers, and now in a sign of just how serious this has all become, from general david petraeus in afghanistan, who warned what pastor jones plans to do put american lives at risk. >> we're very concerned about the implications of a possible koran burning in the united states. it puts our soldiers in jeopardy, very likely. we've already seen demonstration here in kabul just at
traveled to florida today to talk faith, hate and free speech with pastor terry jones. >> reporter: it a tiny but fervent congregation. the dove world outreach center has 30 con agree gants this sunday, and it is like many -- there is steaming in tongues here. look closely, though. the pastors are armed. and militant. >> it's evil. it's bad. it's against the bible. it's against god. >> reporter: the book, of course, is the koran. the holy book of the world's 1.3 billion muslims, believed by the faithful to be the word of god revealed through his prophet. and pastor terry jones says he will burn it on september 11th. >> we feel that their radical message is necessary. we also want to send a message to the moderate muslim to stay peaceful and moderate. we expect the muslims that are here in america to respect, honor, obey, submit to our constitution. >> reporter: and with that, pastor jones has led his little flock to the brink of a global confrontation and he's drawn harsh criticism from secretary of state hillary clinton tonight. >> i am heartened by the clear condemnation of this
mastis has more on the off and on story. where are we now? >> well, terry jones yesterday agreed to cancel his plans to burn copies of the koran. he says he did so because the imam in new york agreed to move the location of the mosque away from ground zero. but then jones found out that wasn't the case. and imam in central florida reached out to jones after his plans caused international reaction. jones says he took imam's word that the mosque in new york would be moved and that he would meet with the imam in new york on 9/11. there are no plans to move the mosque and the meeting between jones and imam in new york. it is not confirmed. jones is saying he believes he was lied to and he also says that if that meeting does not happen he may resume plans to burn korans in gainesville, florida. andrea? >> lindsey, you have information about another charge that wants to get involved in this debate over the book burning as well? >> that's correct. the west borough baptist church released a statement. they are known for protesting soldiers funerals and are saying if terry jones does not
gente e incentiva a la oposición dice, terry jones el pastor d una iglesia del estado de la florida dio 5 razones para hacer esto, impactar al mundo lograr que la gente empiece a hacer preguntas difíciles, recordar al mundo que todavía tenemos lif libertad de expresión exponer la ver dar y forzar a tomar acción es un hombre que busca llamar la atención y que es forma de aparecer en la televisión por medio de un acto que es anti cristiano. >>> las reacciones son nivel mundial el diario de vaticano calificó el hecho de indignante y grave. >>> la secretaria de estado dijo que el acto pondría en peligro la vida de las tropas en el extranjero. >>> y angelina jolie que está en pakistán en una campaña de ayuda a las víctimas de inundaciones dijo que no tenía palabras para calificar a al sgeen capáz de ma cehacer esto. >>> en nivel nacional viven 12 millones de musulmanes según dicen para ellos se trata de su seguridad en este país. . >>> tiempo de una pausa a la vuela ta el presidente obama sale a la defensa de un nuevo plan que según él ayudará al país a salir del estanca
this crazy pastor in florida. pastor terry jones just announced he will cancel his koran burning event. pastor jones said he made the decision because the imam associated with the controversial plan to build the islamic center here in new york near ground zero will move the mosque. >> the american people do not want the mosque there. and, of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> all right, all right. time-out. folks, you can't believe a word this guy is saying. he's been shooting from the hip for days now. now, right now, nbc news is reporting that there is no deal with the new york imam to move the cultural center away from where it was proposed here in manhattan. what's infuriating, really infuriating about all of this is that this -- the world basically has been held hostage by this pastor jones, a small-time lunatic zealot. this nut has gotten the attention of the president of the united states, the state department, the
that 95 no complaints from lorton up to the mixing bowl. back to you. >> thank you. >>> terry jones called it off. the pastor has agreed not to burn copies of the koran tomorrow oneginsville, florida on the anniversary of 9/11 but there is concerns that he will change his mind. lindsey mastis live from the satellite center. why so much confusion? >> terry jones said the reason the whole thing started is because of plans to build a mosque near the site of ground zero in new york city. he says the whole reason he's calling off his plans to burn copies of the koran is because he was promised that the site of that mosque would be moved. but we are learning now that was never the case. terry jones stood next to the iman and said this. >> the iman has agreed to move the mosque. >> reporter: he didn't say anything to the contrary. he was taken aside by a cbs reporter to clarify. >> you have no promise from him as of yet. >> no. i don't have a promise from the iman. i did not speak to the iman directly. >> reporter: shortly after that the iman in new york released this statement. -- terry jones re
be a on saturday. they spent a half-hour talking to pastor terry jones. an international outcry is growing. this is a picture of angry pakistani lawyers burning an american flag earlier today over plans for the koran burning protest. in afghanistan, protesters are promising death to christians and americans. despite warnings about violence from president barack obama and other top u.s. officials, pastor terry jones has vowed to go ahead with his koran bonfire. even a neighboring pastor is organizing an effort to stop jones. >> i've called him. i've not gotten any response. tomorrow a group of interfaith clergy, muslim, christian, jewish, will present a petition to him that will have over 6,000 sigalert tours, possibly more, asking him not to burn the koran. >> the florida governor says he will close low monitor pastor terry jones and what happens at the dove world outreach this weekend. >>> a 7-year-old antioch girl is in critical condition after she was hit by a car when she ran into a street chasing a toy. police say at about 6:40 p.m. yesterday the girl darted into west sixth street nea
. this afternoon pastor terry jones insisted, he's convinced, why, we don't know, thate's going to meet tomorrow with the new york imam in charge of the planned islamic center near ground zero and work out a deal. that's what he says. that's what he hopes. we'll have the latest in a moment. >>> also another battle opened in the war against don't ask, don't tell. a federal judge says it violates the constitutional rhts of gays a nd she'll issue an order to halt the policy. what happens now? how did we get from 9/11 being a politics free zone to becoming a talking point for republicans to exploit? the truth is over. oklike conservatives are winning it. let me end with my own thoughts onowbama plans to diffuse the plan and how his opponents refused to join in common cause even on this. let's start with republicans conflating the burning of the koran with the building of the mosque two blocks from ground zero. "newsweek's" howard fineman, also a msnbc political analyst. when you read through the statements mentioned by the three people i'll mention, guinn rich, boehner, and pal it surprises me. each
who says he'll burn copies of the koran has changed his mind again. terry jones had said he was calling off his burn the koran day after meeting with an imam but now says he's reconsidering. >>> many muslims say they don't feel welcome in america anymore, and building a mosque is now a hot-button issue in many communities. as seth doane reports, that's just what happened in murfreesboro, tennessee. >> reporter: like most 13-year-olds he's proud of his school, his soccer trophies and his country. >> i'm as american as you get. i'm as patriotic as you get. i mean, i'm america all the way. >> reporter: he's also proud of his religion. he is muslim. nowadays this tennessee town that's been his family's home for nearly 20 years doesn't feel the same. >> i'm always afraid for my mom because there are always a few stupid people out there. you never know what they're going to do. my mom wearing that scarf is a symbol saying, hey, i'm muslim. >> reporter: about 250 muslim families live here in murfreesboro, tennessee. for decades they've lived in peace and prayed at a small local mos
urges terry jones not to do it. the event was planned for saturday on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. he is heeding criticism from the white house and one of the most senior generals. >> worrying signs, a possible gathering storm. the american pastor may have called off plans to bernie koran, but has not stopped -- burn the koran. this was jalal above earlier today. -- jalalabad earlier today. three demonstrators were shot by afghan security guards when they besieged the premier in the north of the country. in kabul, president karzai spoke out with a new warning to terry jones, that he should not think of carrying out his threat. >> any a front against the koran was a humiliation to muslims everywhere. , >> this prompted a new intervention on american television from general petraeus. >> there has been some damage done. you have heard of demonstrations here in afghanistan. they are already images implanted in the minds. >> this afternoon president obama weighed in again with more strong words, making clear he thinks this crisis is not about a french preacher but a matter o
washington, d.c. this morning. >> pastor terri jones says his small florida congregation plans to burn the koran this weekend, although it seems most of the world disagrees. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> sarah palin tweeted her opposition to jones, pat robertson criticized him on tv. >> this is so stupid. >> fbi says retaliation for burning is likely and the state department ordered u.s. embassies to assess their security if jones goes ahead with his plan. >> we want to be judged by who we are as a nation, not by something that is so aberrational and will make that case as strongly as possible. >> the burning is planned to take place on saturday, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. two blocks from ground zero, there is more antimuslim debate. the cleric behind a proposed mosque tells cnn moving it now would be giving in. >> we would not have done something that will create more deviciveness. our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this. >> back in florida, imam called on jones to change his mind. one more plea so far is in vai
was canceling the event. pastor terry jones said it's part of an agreement to move a planned islamic cultural center away from ground zero. though the center's imam tonight insisted there is no such deal and he says he's never even spoken to jones. the pastor's decision followed an appeal from president obama and a personal phone call from defense secretary robert gates. all of this as the state department has issued a warning to americans traveling overseas of possible revenge attacks, and even as there were more protests today in muslim nations. there is a lot to report tonight. kelly cobiella begins our coverage in gainesville, florida, kelly. >> reporter: good evening, harry. pastor terry jones has spent the entire day inside his church, then late in the day, came out with this completely unexpected announcement that he was calling off his protest on saturday in exchange for a promise that the controversial islamic center planned near ground zero would be moved. >> the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday, and on saturday i will be flying up t
quemar los coránes pero la polémica de terry jones continúa. no se conmemora en gainesville. >> esto último no se pudo confirmar pero la decisión de jones ocurrió después que el presidente obama le envió este mensaje durante el programa "buenos días américa.". quisiera que él que un ten diera que podría poner en peligro a los jóvenes soldados afirmó obama. >> la afirmación del primer mandatario se hizo eco en todos lados. llamando a la fecha el día internacional de la quema del corán, a pesar de la decisión de jones la interpol mantiene alerta global advertido de la alta posibilidad de que se produzcan ataques violentos en respuesta del pastor estadouniden estadounidense. >> según el informe de terry jones data de mucho antes de los ataques del 9/11 el ex administrador de un hotel fundó una iglesia en alemania en dónde se pro fun skwoi sus seguidores lo echaron por robarse los fondos. los problemas lo siguieron a jones. por vender muebles y su sitio en internet quedó bloqueado. >> mientras tanto afirmó que nunca le había dijo que iba a mover la construcción de l
." as the koran burning row continues, pastor terry route --. -- terry jones goes to new york. one of the three americans accused of spying and iran will not be released. a planning a comeback, pakistan's former military ruler tells the bbc he is forming a political party and wants to lead the country again. and if it is september, it must be toronto, a hollywood a-lister heading to canada for the international film festival. >>> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcasting in the u.k. and around the world. the american pastor who drew international condemnation for planning to burn the car ran up on the anniversary of 9/11 has arrived in new york, where he is expected to meet the iman behind plans for a controversy a mosque near ground zero. pastor terry jones says it may still happen. >> the president was forced to spend a fair bit of a rare news conference making appeals for tolerance, saying that muslims were neighbors and friends. he can hardly not respond to the threats. the trouble is it looks like he is giving more publicity to a group that is on the fringe. pastor jones is the leader of a
today. one day before the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, pastor terry jones has suspended his plan to burn copies of the quran. it is unclear why he made that decision or if he is going to change his mind. president obama and military leaders will remember the victims of 9/11 at the pentagon . >> the ceremony will be tomorrow. they have been urging pastor terry jones in florida to cancel this event. there was some relief when word spread of a deal between jones and muslim leaders. jones said the ground zero mosque, the controversy surrounding it, that that mosque would be moved to another location but the imam behind the mosque says no such deal was reachedened that center will stay where it is planned in new york city. now it is very unclear what jones will do next. he says he feels betrayed and duped and that he was lied to. when asked directly on last night's nightline whether the burning would happen, he said "i don't know." he says sometime later today he will make a final decision and an announcement and in the meantime, he is praying that the situation will tournt well.
. first, pastor terry jones says he is, indeed come up canceling the planned burning because, he says, there is some sort of agreement with the imam in charge of the controversial center built near ground zero. he says there has fynn an agreement to move the site to another location. -- there has been an agreement to move the site to another location. much of that is being contradicted. >> if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. i will be flying up there on saturday to meet with the imam at the ground 0 mosque. he has agreed to move the location. >> here is where the real confusion lies. the imam in charge of the islamic center up in new york said there is absolutely no agreement right now to move the center. as a matter of fact, a new statement came out saying that he will not bargain over the site. all of this extends from the imam's wife saying that there have been no meetings to discuss the state of things. reportedly, secretary robert gates called pastor terry jones today to say t
'm chris matthews in washington. leading off, dead deal. pastor terry jones says that he was lied to, that he had a promise by backers of that new york mosque that they would move the site. he said he feels that he was tricked and yes, lied to. after the new york imam said he would not let anyone toy with his religion. the evening's strange turns of truth began two hours ago when past tore jones said he wouldn't burn any korans this saturday because he had a deal with the people backing that mosque two blocks from the new york world trade centers not to build. >> the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> and then imam faisal raurvegs the backer of the new york mosque issued this statement "i am glad that pastor jones has decided not to burn any korans, however, i have not spoken to pastor jones or imam musry. we are not going to toy with our religion or any other, nor are we going to barter." then the imam who stood beside pastor jones confirmed no deal had been reached. we'v
korff joins us live with the latest on this controversy. >> pasteur terry jones appeared moved -- compelled to move forward with his plan, a move he admitted will offend people. >> as of right now we are not convinced backing down is the right thing. >> a defined terry jones says his protests against radical islam by letting their book on fire is on for a saturday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> our burning of the koran is to call attention to something wrong. >> this has garnered worldwide outrage. secretary of state clinton echoed sentiments from david petraeus. images of a burning k could incite violence -- images of a burning koran could incite violence against u.s. troops. >> a pastor of a church with 50 people can make this outrage and disgraceful plan and get the world's attention. >> he appears to have the right to destroy copies of the koran, doing so is seen as offensive. the verses of the profit muhamed are considered sacred. jones indicated despite death threats, supporters of his protest continue to mail him copies of a sacred text he intends on destroying
. >> reporter: as pastor terry jones plans for the 9/11 anniversarbecomes public, in pakistan they burned the u.s. flag, the indonesia, the presidenwarns of an interfaith bklash. >> what is being planned by reverend terry jones and followers in florida, the united states of america, before the publics burn the holy koran, not only with the feelings of the islamic but i am also certain the feelings of the followers of other faiths can threaten peace and security. >> in the gaza strip, the hamas prime minister vowed allegiance to the koran and called pastor jones a criminal liar. in the u.s. clergy were quic to condemn the plans as well. >> i say shame on you. >> bearingwitness against your neighbor is against the koran and bibles. we have to be here. >> even president obama weighed in on the safety of the u.s. citizens abroad. >> ts stunt he is talking aboupulling could greatly endanger our young men in women in iraq and afghanistan. >> mission's experts say these kinds of events can be catastrophic for christians in muslim lands. >> christians arou the world will suffer. there is almost no doub
, the lanky hardscrabble preacher people around the world now listening to pastor terry jones' every word. >> so as of right now we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: late today, sarah palin tweeted her opposition. tweeting, please stand down. and pat robertson blasted pastor jones this morning. >> imagine a pastor that is so egotistical that he would sacrifice the lives of missionaries and soldiers to go forward with something. this is so stupid. >> reporter: and abc news has learned that evangelical leader franklin graham has reached out to jones to try to dissuade him. so have others. today, in a remarkable development, a local muslim leader paid a visit to jones at his church, and offered him friendship to diffuse this. >> an i said, i'll stand with you. i'll talk to the muslim world. i will defend you as my neighbor, regardless of your faith. i think he was very receptive to that message. >> reporter: still, jones vows to go forward, convinced he speaks for many americans. a brand new abc news poll confirms some disturbing facts. 26% of americans adm
. the anniversary of 9/11. and, as we told you last night, terry jones' church has only a couple of dozen members, but tonight, this is the news. not only is billy graham's son franklin trying to reach out to him, so is sarah palin. and, we have a new poll showing what americans really think and know about islam. here's terry moran. >> reporter: he was at it again today, the lanky hardscrabble preacher people around the world now listening to pastor terry jones' every word. >> so as of right now we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> reporter: late today, sarah palin tweeted her opposition. tweeting, please stand down. and pat robertson blasted pastor jones this morning. >> imagine a pastor that is so egotistical that he would sacrifice the lives of missionaries and soldiers to go forward with something. this is so stupid. >> reporter: and abc news has learned that evangelical leader franklin graham has reached out to jones to try to dissuade him. so have others. today, in a remarkable development, a local muslim leader paid a visit to jones at his church, and offered him f
and top military brass and victims of 9/11 have been calling on terry jones of florida to cancel his quran-burning event. now a setback. accusations of lies and betrayal. yesterday terry jones said he called off his quran burning after reaching a deal with the imam. >> it is my understanding and i have his word that he will move the ground zero mosque to a different location. >> in new york, however, the imam made clear that no deal has been struck. >> my major concern with moving it is that the headline in the muslim world will be islams under attack in america. >> now jones says the event has been suspended but not canceled. >> that was a sign that was what we should do. now we're a little bit, not totally, but back to square line. >> the government says it could endanger troops abroad and there are f.b.i. concerns that extremists might have watched the attack itself. locally muslims that we spoke with are hopeful this event won't happen. >> it is good news for him to change his mind, you know? >> jones appeared on thursday's "nightline" and when asked whether the event would go forward
. >> top christian jewish and islamic -- terri jones who vowed to go ahead with plans to burn copies of the choran. it's his way to protest the attacks. >> we will not be controlled by their fear. we will not be dominated by them. >> this is not the real america. and it never has been and it never should be. >> the majority of muslims that we know are law-abiding are ethical, good people. >> the threat to burn copies of the muslim holy book could endanger u.s. troops serving overseas. the u.s. commander says the images of a burning choran would be used by extremists to insight violence. went to quantico, virginia, where people share the same fear. >> in the town of quantico, where american flags fly steps from the marine base, love of country and love -- some see a change in the country's landscape. >> like they said, the marine corps is at war. >> once a marine, always a marine, george fought in the koreaen and vietnam wars. he says the florida pastor who wants to burn the choran is against the troops because his actions could spark more violence and bloodshed overseas. >> l
terry jones to cancel burning the qur'an tomorrow. that has caused a lot of controversy. there's confusion over an apparent deal that went bad. yesterday the pastor said that he called off the event after reaching a deal with the imam behind the ground zero mosque. >> i have his word that he will move ground zero mosque to a different location. >> but in new york the imam made clear that no deal has been struck. >> my major concern with moving muslim world will feel islam is under attack in america. >> i felt it was a sign from god that that was what we should do, but now we are back to square and one. >> the government feels it could endanger troops abroad as well as extremists possibly launching attacks at the event itself. in muslim countries there have been demonstrations and flag burnings. most of the muslims we spoke with are hopeful the event will not happen. on thursday jones was asked whether the event would happen and he said he does not know. today he is expected to make a final announcement about the event. he is spreading that the situation will turn out well. musl
the flames of anti-muslim hatred by playing up the bizarre antics of terry jones? should he have been on every morning show. >>> the president meets the thpress -- he head do more of that, you know, but can't escape questions about the koran burning and more in manhattan. >>> and cnn and piers morgan. rves as a televised why on talent shows. how much do people know about his controversial tabloid past? we'll have a fullreport. >>> and david west resigns as president of abc news after cutting a quarter of the staff. can the broadcast networks overcome tough times and sinking ratings? i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." >>> it wasn't very long ago that terry jones was an obscure pastor in gainesville, florida, who had written a book called "islam is the htdevil." and he might have remained in obscurity except he came one a dangerous stunt, a provocative stunt, an inflamulmatory stunt,e would observe the anniversary of 9/11 by burning a pile of korans. it b started slly but this started to get attention in. july he spoke to cnn'shy rick sanchez. >> why would you want to do
is in new york city right now. terry jones had no comment on his visit when he arrived at laguardia airport late last night saying he was "talked out." but the church will not be burning any copies of the koran today. live in gainesville, florida, the home of pastor jones' congregation. and good morning. his son sort of lift the door open for a koran-burning event in the future, didn't he? >> reporter: he certainly did, alex. they came out yesterday, his son did after the evangelical leader here. and what he said is what i can tell you tomorrow is that there will be no koran burning. and when reporters pressed him on this idea of future burnings of the koran, he didn't quite address it at all. he kind of left the door open as you said. wh's happening from here now is there's a waiting game. obviously the reverend is up there in new york city. and there's this talk of yesterday he was going to meet with the imam that was heading up the islamic community center up there. we don't know for sure if that's happening. supposedly one of his representatives, terry jones' representatives said throug
. the planned koran burning in florida is on hold again. pastor terry jones said at the moment he and his congregation do not plan to burn some 200 copies of the holy book on the anniversary of 9/11, but it comes as protests boil over. reuters is reporting that a protestner afghanistan was reportedly shot and killed outside a german-run nato base where thousands of people were rallying against the planned koran burning. a lot of late-breaking developments from around the globe to give us a clearer picture. this guy can't make up his mind. he is looking like a clown either way. >> pastor terry jones just talked to the gathering of the kbleed here and he was asked, are you going to new york. he said yes, i'm going to new york today for a meeting tomorrow. he has not gotten confirmation that that meeting will take place. they can't deny me a meeting, in his words. i asked him, there reports out that you have said that no matter what happens in new york, even if there is no deal, you will not go ahead with the koran burning. here's what he said. >> we are seriously, seriously considering not
's remembrances take place against a highly-political backdrop. pastor terry jones arrived in new york city late last night. he is hoping to meet with the imam behind the cultural at ground zero. there's protests raising questions whether the damage has been done anyway. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it has been a site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there live. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. for the proposed islamic center and for the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot of words from pastor terry jones, as he arrived in new york city late last night, after a week of a circus atmosphere in gainesville, florida, where jones staged his on again/now off again threat to burn the koran. >> there will be no koran burning tomorrow. do we have
when it happens. >>> florida pastor terry jones has issued a new ultimatum and the clock is ticking, literally. the man at the center of the new york mosque controversy, imam feisal was told to call them and let them know whether or not the proposed cultural center will be moved further from ground zero. here's what had he to say. >> it's crystal clear. it's 1:20 right now and we give him time until 3:20, in the next two hours. so that there is no cat and mouse game here and find out if he has agreed to move the mosque from ground zero to another location. >> so that deadline is about 20 minutes from now. in exchange for the deal, pastor jones said he would not torch the muslim holy book tomorrow. we will keep you posted. >>> surprisingly, perhaps, it was more than half an hour into the president obama's news conference today before he was actually asked about the koran burning controversy. he made it clear he's worried and not just about pastor jones. >> i want to make sure that we don't have folks all across the country that this is the way to get attention. it's a way of endanger
this week, terry jones who's a small-time pastor from gainesville, florida, was relatively unknown. >> now thanks to his plan to hold a koran-burning ceremony on 9/11, he is becoming a household name. receiving threats and criticism from around the world. here's terry moran. ♪ >> reporter: the dove world outreach center has about 30 congregants this sunday morning and their prayer group is like many pentecostal meetings. there is speaking in tongues here. look closely, though. the pastors are armed and militant. >> we do believe the book is evil, it's bad. it's against the bible, it's against god. >> reporter: the book, of course, is the koran. the holy book of the world's 1.3 billion muslims, believed by the faithful to be the word of god revealed through his prophet. >> we are sending a clear message -- >> reporter: pastor terry jones says he will burn it on seven been. >> we feel that a radical message is necessary. we also want to send a message to the moderate muslim to stay peaceful and moderate. we expect the muslims that are here in america to respect, honor, obey, submit to our
. >>> we've got breaking news right now on pastor terry jones' plans to burn 200 korans on saturday. >> that's right. the florida preacher has just announced it mt. last few minutes that the plan is off. he'll no longer burn the religious books. they are live in jamesville where the news just broke. >> that's right. he just made the announcement that he will no longer burn these korans. he says that, in fact, he spoke, he claimed that he spoke with the ware in new york who was planning to build a mosque near ground zero and claims that it has changed his plans and will no longer build the mosque in ground zero. as a result, that's the sign from god that he was looking for, and as a result, he says that he will no longer burn the koran because he feels like muslim people did not want him to do that. and he says that america was united in their opposition to the building of the mosque near ground zero. so really a big change here from this situation. he says it is no longer going to happen. >> michael, boy, this is definitely certainly welcoming news. but it is certainly interesting n
fundamentalist terry jones heed their worlds? terry moran flew to florida to ask him, in effect, what would jesus do. terry? >> reporter: well, diane, pastor terry jones was ordained a minister in california in the early 1970s. he had a church in germany for awhile. this church has been in financial difficulties and he's been a fringe player in the gainesville christian community. but with his plan to burn the koran, he has found a way to get worldwide attention. at the sunday morning service at the dove world outreach center, there were fewer than 30 worshippers, a tiny congregation among the world's 2 billion-plus christians. but pastor terry jones has led his little flock to the brink of what has become a global confrontation. >> it's time to stand up and do what we're doing. >> reporter: pastor jones says he will go forward with his plan to burn hundreds of korans, the holy book of a more than a billion muslims on september 11th. pastor, don't you even have a twinge of conscience about doing something like this? >> of course. of course. we have thought very much about it. we have prayed a lot
outrage has been cancelled. pastor terry jones held a news conference to say a deal has been reached. jones says that it was a sign from god he had been waiting for that the imam in new york was willing to moist location of the mosque planned for ground zero. >> the imam agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> the imam, however, has said there is no deal that has been brokered and he's not about to barter over the location in new york. local muslims are grateful pastor jones is abandoning the plans for burning the koran on september 11th. >> whether there is a deal already existing or would happen, i hope everybody calms down. i hope everybody takes a high road. because... terry jones could not call himself a man of faith and threaten to do this. >> jones has been feeling pressure from many fronts, defense secretary robert gates called jones this afternoon expressing the concern for safety of u.s. troops if the burning took place. islamic extremists have been passing out leaflets around
are just on hold. terry jones initially canceled the koran-burning event yesterday saying a local imam in florida told him that the proposed new york islamic cultural center near ground zero would be moved. >> he told me three times that the imam in new york said he would move the mosque. i only have this man's word. that supposed only has the imam's word, but that should be good enough. that's good enough for me. >> after those comments, though, the imam denied ever saying a deal had been reached to move the new york center or why an imam in florida would have the power to make that decision. pastor jones then claimed he had been lied to. he said he would now reconsider his decision to call off the koran burning. last night an associate pastor of the florida church confirmed the burning was only postponed. >> it's been circulated and rumored that information that we were given from the imam is incorrect, or falsified. we definitely don't want to believe that's true. as we said, it's not our plan to continue with the burning of the koran, so as of it, right now, it is temporarily suspe
, at a gainesville, florida, church. with the growing pressure, will reverend terry jones cancel the planned burning? we'll hear from him later in the half hour. >>> an italian airlines plane landed safely in l.a. overnight after an in-flight bomb threat. a handwritten message was found in the bathroom on a mirror. after the plane landed, it was taken to a secure area, where passengers were able to get out. investigators say no bomb was found. now, they're focusing on whoever left that note. >>> the cleanup is under way this morning, after a wind-driven firestorm, usually seen out west, was fought in the middle of detroit. authorities say the toppled power lines helped spread 85 house fires in the course of 4 hours last night. many of the homes that caught fire were completely destroyed. the fires broke out in at least three, different neighbors. eyewitnesss say the fires spread quickly, from one home to the other. >> got one house, caused nine houses to burn down. that don't make no sense. >> it just smoldered, at first. and then, all of a sudden, it just went -- >> the dry winds were gusting up to
is off for now. right now terry jones is on a flight to new york city. the florida pastor says he will not go through with the burning if he gets to meet with the organizers behind the proposed islamic center right near ground zero in new york. but it's still not clear if the meeting will ever happen. >> there is a confusion going on. we want to clear that confusion. >> that may have been the idea; but after two press conferences this afternoon featuring pastor terry jones and evangelist dr. k.a. paul there is still much we don't know for sure. is there a meeting? >> imam fees sal has agreed to meet with pastor terry, and pastor asked me to go with him. we're planning on going to new york. >> except the man behind the so- called mosque at ground zero says there is no such meeting planned. as for the deal, jones announced yesterday, saying fees sal had agreed to move the mosque in exchange for canceling koran burning day. fees sal still says that never happened; but this afternoon, jones, speaking through paul, still seemed unsure. >> and we want to ask the media, you to contact hi
in florida to burn copies of the koran on anniversary of the september 11 attacks. terry jones's combination is just 50 but now the center of an international controversy. >> the dell world outreach center was an obscure half-and local church until pastor terry jones announced his plans -- dove world out rescinded. he plans to george copies of the koran. he says it is a message of defiance to radical islam but he is being universally criticized. >> i am heartened by the clear and unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has, from american religious leaders of all faiths, from evangelical christians to jewish rabbis as well as secular u.s. leaders and opinion makers. >> the plant event has already proved incendiary in afghanistan where protesters burned effigies of pastor jones and from where nato boss a commanding general has warned of retaliatory attacks on american troops. but with some 200 korans at the ready, the pastor insists his bonfire will go ahead. >> if we don't do it, when do we stop backing down? when do we stop getting into is louisiana, or radical i
korff has the story. >> caroline, defense secretary robert gates personally called pastor terry jones to urge him to not go forward with the koran burning protest. the pastor said he will not, maybe. the near deafening worldwide call for pastor terry jones to stop his planned karan burning saturday has been stopped for now. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> earlier in the day, the florida pastor agreed to rein in his protest. local muslims we spoke with expressed their relief. >> it is good he changed his mind. >> jones says he stopped the book burning protest in exchange for a deal to move the proposed islamic center and moscow away from ground zero. but the project leader says no such deal has been made and expressed reservations about relocating. >> my major concern in moving ait is that the deadline and the muslim world is is lomb is under attack in america,, -- is that islam is under attack in america. >> tonight, the florida muslim leader who has worked for days to convince pastor jones to call off his protest admitted the only thing that was agreed upon was
security guards. our correspondent has been following the latest developments. >> pastor terry jones is the man in the eye of the storm. a week ago, few people have heard of his tiny church in gainesville, florida. his threat to burn copies of the koran has led to a confusing sequence of events. linked to arguments over the location of an islamic cultural center near ground zero in new york. >> he said they would move the mosque. as of right now, we have put a temporary hold upon our plan. >> some of the first protests abroad were in afghanistan, where america has more than 70,000 troops deployed. demonstrators vented their anger. the president of afghanistan said he hopes the plan will not go ahead. >> the koran is in the hearts and minds of all muslims, said president karzai. the affront is a humiliation to its people. >> the secretary-general welcomed the latest announcement from pastor jones in florida. >> i'm happy to see that he has put this terrible act on hold at least. >> is a very disrespectful back. i urge all people to demonstrate clear respect for other people's faith. >
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